How To Tell If Your Workout Hard Enough

If you're trying to get in shape on your own without the help of a trainer, you may not be sure if your workout is too hard or not hard enough. Here are a few things to ask yourself, courtesy of Today:

  • What am I trying to accomplish? If you don't have a clear goal to work toward, it's impossible to know if you're making progress. That could be weight loss, but it could also be something like reducing stress.
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  • Did I push myself to my max effort at least once? If you got through your whole workout feeling like you could have done more, you probably aren't working hard enough.
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  • How do I feel after my workout? If you're completely wiped out, you are probably going too hard. If you don't feel a little bit tired, you need to ramp it up a little.
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  • Do I see changes in my size or strength? When you are just getting started, you should see some changes pretty quickly. If not, you might not be pushing hard enough -- or you might be overdoing it and not recovering enough.
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  • Am I making progress toward my goal? If your goal is weight loss, that's easy to measure. If you want to have more energy, you need to give that a little more thought. One warning: If you started out making progress but it stalled, you might need to back off a little.

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